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We humans are delicate creatures and this delicacy manifests itself in different ways in our life, collective or otherwise. Mental health, individual’s or the collective’s, which has not been given due attention by the global status quo, is one such delicate and grave matter. Physical sicknesses have only consequences that are, by and large, confined to the suffering individuals. On the other hand, a person with mental health issue can cause serious damage to the wider society. Though mental sickness cannot be avoided completely, its consequences can be tempered with appropriate measures. Availing all sorts of destructive weapons so that the mentally disturbed can easily access them for whatever flight of fancy he/she planned for the day, honestly speaking, is tantamount to being a partner in crime!
The pro-gun movement always argues; ‘it is not guns that kill; rather it is people who kill other people.’ Only two weeks ago a mental case in China tried to kill innocent children in an elementary school, just like the Sandy Hook (last week) case in the US. The difference is; over twenty students were stabbed by the knife he was wielding, resulting in no fatality. Now imagine if this fellow was armed with an AK-47! Yes it is not guns that kill on their own volitions; it is humans that employ these powerful weapons for their killing projects, be they by entities (the states, etc) or individuals. Given the inherent overall weakness of humanity (the individual or the concocted collective) the above argument of the gunners, we believe, doesn’t hold water!
Out of all the countries on earth, the USA stands out as a land where violence is encouraged and actively facilitated. In 2006, Japan had 2 gun homicides. In 2007 the gun homicide rate skyrocketed to 27 and all hell broke loose. The government aggressively interfered to calm the situation. By comparison the city of Chicago is destined to pass gun homicide rate of 500 this year! In fact more Americans are killed with guns in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles than in (all) its going-on military engagements externally. Here is another horrific statistics. In the last ten years, more returnees (soldiers) have killed themselves at home than have died fighting in the various wars abroad! Talk about serious mental heath issues! Without a doubt, the USA is by far the most violent society on earth, even though it has no armed conflict within its territory. Incarceration rate in the US is also on top heading for 1% of population!
The frequent mass killings that are taking place in the world today (not counting those perpetrated by governments or contenders of power) have root causes that must be examined thoroughly by those interested in bringing global peace. To expect such issues will find resolutions within the prevailing power structure, particularly by those who live and die by the killing projects is foolhardy. The military-industrial complex that runs the show in the West, especially in the Anglo-Saxon countries, has no intention of relenting its aggressive posture that saliently secured its position within the corridors of power, global or otherwise. For example, the US military encourages Hollywood to make films that glorify military life and show off its increasingly sophisticated killing gadgets to impress upon the psyche of teenagers and young adults. The project has not even spared the fair sex!
Frighteningly, the whole scheme increasingly looks like planned insanity, if one is willing to investigate beyond the shallow narratives that are continuously spewed out by entrenched interests. See Kunstler’s article next column and Morford’s, Greenwald’s and Marshall’s on page 50-51. Unless the military-industrial complex in the USA that is behind the making of weapons and wars is forced to relinquish its non-democratic power, the future of peace on earth is untenable. This entity that systematically usurped state power, overtly and covertly, must come under the strict control of the country’s citizens, otherwise mass killings at all levels cannot be tempered. To count on politicians for salvation is also a non-starter. The politicos, almost without exception, have become part and parcel of this powerful entity, so much so, the whole unholy alliance is now labeled; the ‘military-industrial-congress complex!’
We believe war is nothing more than amplified individual violence. As the old victorious general warned: “In the councils of governments, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms isn’t spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of their scientists, the hopes of its children…This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America (1890-1969). Good Day!